Borjhar, Oct. 15: The media department of the PCC in Assam has called for a high-level inquiry into an attack on its chief spokesperson Mehdi Alam Bora on October 12 in Kamrup (rural) district.
Its president, Haren Das, told The Telegraph that his department had requested PCC president Bhubaneswar Kalita to institute an organisational inquiry to probe the incident. The matter has also been brought to the notice of Congress president Sonia Gandhi, AICC general secretary in-charge of Assam, C.P. Joshi, and chief minister Tarun Gogoi.
“As Bora has stated that some of the Congress leaders and workers were involved in the attack, the incident has become an issue of discipline and decorum. The organisational inquiry will ensure punitive actions against guilty partymen who were involved in the violence and assaulted Bora,” Das said.
Bora was assaulted by a gang of 10 to 12 people when he went to Chaygaon in Kamrup (rural) district to visit a Durga Puja pandal on October 12.
“I was invited to visit the Puja by the organising committee of Chaygaon Sarbajanin Durgatsav. Once I reached the mandap on October 12, a gang led by Nibaran Choudhury and Banamali Das started assaulting me. Though I reiterated that I was invited to the Puja, they did not listen to me. Choudhury is secretary of the Puja committee and also secretary of the block Youth Congress of Chaygaon constituency,” he today said.
Bora said he had lodged an FIR with Chaygaon police station against Choudhury and Das. He sustained minor injuries in the attack and was later treated at Gauhati Medical College and Hospital the same day.
Without directly mentioning anyone for the attack, Bora alleged that he might be a victim of a conspiracy hatched by his “political opponents”.
“The pre-planned attack may be an indirect threat not to try to contest 2016 Assembly polls in the state from the Chaygaon constituency,” he said.
Bora has been saying he would try to seek the party ticket to contest 2016 Assembly polls from Chaygaon.
Parliamentary secretary (education) Rekibuddin Ahmed is the sitting Congress MLA from Chaygaon. Both Ahmed and Kalita could not be contacted for their comments, sources in the party said. According to them, the attack on Bora was an ugly manifestation of the present internal bickering of the ruling Congress.
“The Congress is now a divided house in Assam with pro and anti-Tarun Gogoi camps. The party’s leadership in the state is in a dilemma — whether to keep the party united or take disciplinary action against those involved in acts which are against the Congress’s culture and ideology. The attack on Bora might be a result of such a dilemma,” a party insider said.